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Book Review : Nightshifted

Title : Nightshifted Nightshifted (Edie Spence, #1)

Author : Cassie Alexander

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date : May 22nd, 2012

Pages : 331

How Obtained : from the library

Stand Alone or Series : #1 in the Edie Spence series (looks like three are published, four are planned- possibly more?)

Three Words : comedy, paranormal, romance

Red Flags : sexual situations, violence and gore, language and drugs (NSFC)

Summary (from Goodreads) : Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed.  But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…

My Take : This was one of those books that were on my loooooooong list of TBR books from around Halloween. I got it from the library and it sat in my bag for a couple of months. One day I picked it up and I am so glad that I did. It really reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse novels which I love….just set in a hospital with a nurse instead of adorable waitress in small town. Edie is a fun heroine. She is very sassy, in control of herself, not afraid to have a one night stand (and not ashamed). She is a very knowledgeable and competent nurse (I like it when women are good at what they do in books.) She is also brave and more importantly sarcastically funny. (Another thing I like in women characters as I like to dwell in the land of Sarcastia). The story is also much like the Sookie Stackhouse novels with lots of interesting intrigue dealing with paranormal creatures and their crazy rules about killing people and dealing with each other. There is plenty of steamy sex plus enough romance to make you smile a little bit when you read it (does anybody else do this??). All in all, this is a fun book. Did it knock my socks off? Well no… but not every book has to. And if you occasionally wonder what the hell she is doing then you wouldn’t be the only one.

My Rating : Seven shoes – Fun but not earth-shattering.

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but all the cover pictures that I get are from Goodreads. If you click on the picture it will take you directly to the Goodreads page for the book.





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Dead Reckoning or My regular dose of vampire porn

If you know me at all then you know I loves me some True Blood. So naturally, I started to read the Sookie Stackhouse books after watching the first season. The 11th book came out a little while ago and I hadn’t gotten around to it because of the thousands of books already on my “to read” list. (Also we gave up HBO about a year ago and I thought that reading the books would only bring up the pain of missing my TV vampire porn.) Well now I have and you, my dear readers, get to hear all about it. For those of you who don’t know about Sookie Stackhouse, first crawl out from under that rock you’ve been living under. Sookie Stackhouse is a Southern girl , she works in a bar and she lives with her grandma and brother. Also, she can hear people’s thoughts. A Japanese company has made a synthetic blood beverage that has enabled vampires to “come out” and live in mainstream society. Still hidden but sort of part of society are the werewolves and the shape-shifters. Now, if you are remotely interested in keeping up the surprise of these novels then I suggest you stop reading right here and go to your library and check out the entire series….

For those of you still with me, I will go on about Dead Reckoning. So Sookie is still working at Merlotte’s. She’s still dating Eric Northman (yum….). Sam and the rest of the shapeshifters have come out and people are not so cool with it. While she’s working one night, Merlotte’s gets firebombed and the anti-shifter movement is suspected. Sookie has other suspicions but she is pre-occupied with other issues. Eric and Pam (his child) are having bad relations with their new boss. So, as vampires will do,  they are planning on killing him which could result in happy times or possibly total annihilation for all associated.

I enjoyed this book as I pretty much enjoy all the other Sookie novels – pure fun. It is basically vampire porn mixed with soap opera. We are not going to be solving any of the world’s issues with this one but if you are looking for a entertainment of the vampire variety then I highly recommend it. Charlaine Harris has a tongue-in-cheek style so it keeps it light and not so dramatic. Crazy stuff is always happening but with vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters thrown in it doesn’t seem too crazy…So ladies don’t be ashamed of needing an occassional dose of vampire porn, it is all in good fun. I give this book seven shoes – intense gladiator wedges that border on dominatrix shoes – pure club/going-out shoes.

Three Appeals : supernatural setting, familiar characters and SEX!

Red Flags : Violence, gore, language and SEX!

If you enjoy vampire porn then I suggest you check out these authors :

Sherrilyn Kenyon – Her Dark Hunter series also infuses some humor with paranormal romance which in this case focuses on Greek mythology as a basis. Check out this for more info.

J.R. Ward – If you want to live in the world of vampires then check out The Black Dagger Brotherhood which follows a world of half-breed and purebred vampires. This is more dark than the Stackhouse novels but still packs plenty of romance and paranormal goings on.

Kresley Cole – Also writes about paranormal romance with a humorous edge. Check out her Immortals After Dark series.

What’s your favorite vampire/supernatural porn books?


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Book Review – Hourglass

In an effort to improve my blog and my book reviews in general, I decided to research other book review blogs and see how they did it. I discovered “Books I Done Read” which captured me with the title alone. This witty blogess has such great reviews but I also like that she rates things on a 10 point scale (or in her case caterpillars). In looking at my own reviews, I decided that maybe the ten point scale would work better in my situation as well. I like a lot of books but I need some more gradation to really hone down HOW much I liked it. So from now on the scale on BRFMF will be a ten shoe scale (to honor my other great love – fashion) with one shoe equaling a particularly atrocious Croc and a ten equaling a beautiful Louboutin. Hope that you like the new scale!

I am reviewing a new YA paranormal romance called Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Emerson Cole has a problem – “she sees dead people (insert scary child voice)” – specifically people from the past keep cropping up in her day to day life. When she touches them, they disappear. It all started shortly before her parents died in a horrific accident right around her thirteenth birthday. Since then, her older brother Michael has been trying to help her with psychiatrists, hospital stays, paranormal experts etc… Unfortunately because she doesn’t always realize that they are ghosts, Emerson has been labeled the crazy girl. She went on meds and the ghosts went away, but she didn’t like how they made her feel and now – “they’re baaaack.” Enter Michael, the newest expert her brother has found to cure her, from the mysterious Hourglass institute. He is super hot, charming, and she feels an electric spark as well as connection with him. Imagine Emerson’s surprise when Michael tells her that he knows she isn’t crazy, because he sees them too! Michael reveals to her that they are special and the Hourglass Institute needs her help to save a man’s life. Can Emerson trust Michael? What is the Hourglass Institute? What makes her special?

This book had a lot going for it. I liked the story line – it had an interesting angle and I enjoyed the twists and turns that the author presented. Emerson is an interesting female protagonist with a strong personality and likeable traits. The romance between Michael and Emerson was sweet with some nice complication thrown in to make it a little more exciting. The story is exciting and fast-paced. However, I felt the author sometimes missed the mark. The dialogue could be a bit unbelievable and although she fleshed out Emerson pretty well some of the other characters felt a little wooden and formulaic. All in all, I would say the originality of the story really set this book apart and made it worthwhile to read. Although I found some of the writing lacking, I read the book in two days. I found myself wanting to know what happened. I enjoyed both the fantasy and sci-fi elements present in the narrative. I give this book six shoes – a sweet pair of Target shoes that look cute but aren’t going to make you sigh with happiness.

Three Appeals : original storyline, fantastical elements, strong female protagonist

If you liked Hourglass try :

1) Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Rigg and his father are trappers by trade, but Rigg has been instructed throughout his 13 years in languages, sciences, history, and politics. The teen is therefore somewhat mentally prepared for the quest that his father thrusts upon him with his dying breath—to go to the capital city and find his sister. Both Rigg and his friend, Umbo, have a special ability that aids them—Rigg can see the paths of all living things, regardless of intervening obstructions or even time, and Umbo can seemingly change the movement of time itself. Needless to say, the two meet various friends and foes and can’t always tell which is which as they journey onward. Juxtaposed with this main story is an entirely different narrative, told in a page or two at the beginning of each chapter. This is the tale of Ram Odin, human pilot of a colony ship from Earth, traveling to a new world with the use of space-folding technology. (taken from School Library Journal, v 56, iss 12, p104)

2) Interworld by Neil Gaiman

At nearly fifteen years of age, Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds. (taken from Novelist)

3) Die For Me by Amy Plum (Revenants #1)

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity. When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves   her  life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris.  For  Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world  of  books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.  Mysterious,  charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens  to melt the ice  around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she   begins to fall  in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a  revenant–an undead  being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself  over and over again to  save the lives of others. Vincent and those like   him are bound in a  centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants   who exist only to  murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she  follows her heart, she  may never be safe again. (taken from Fantastic Fiction)

Have you read Hourglass? What did you think?


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Book Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Soulless

I just read two of the most interesting books I’ve ever read! (Aren’t you jealous?….) One for being different and innovative, the other for being just plain fun. You are in for a treat my fellow readers…enjoy!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the debut novel by Ransom Riggs (could his name sound more made up? – but I digress). Ransom has a fun hobby – he goes to auctions, garage sales, etc.. and looks for old photographs that interest him. Maybe they have writing on them that adds something to the image, maybe it is a particularly striking image but either way he picks these photos up. What does this have to do with his book? Riggs has used photos from his other similarly minded friends and created a world. A fantasy world filled with “peculiar” children.

The story goes that young sophomore Jacob Portman has been told fantastical stories about an island where his grandfather lived as a child during WWII to escape from the Nazis. His grandfather shows him pictures of “peculiar” children and tells him about how happy he was living there. His grandfather dies in front of his eyes after what he thinks is a horrific accident with a cryptic dying utterance. Jacob decides to visit the island in Wales to deal with the trauma of his loss and possibly discover what his grandfather wanted him to seek out. When he gets to the island, he discovers the house has been abandoned and dilapidated. Jacob thinks he is going crazy but he hears children at the house and sees things move. It gets even crazier when he actually starts meeting and talking with the children of the home – who appear unchanged since the photographs were taken – in 1940!  Is Jacob going crazy or will he discover the secret of Miss Peregrine’s home?

I really enjoyed this book. One of the things that made it delightful were the accompanying photographs of the children and the home. All of the photographs are actually vintage from collections and really add to the flavor of the book. The story is fun YA fantasy with a little gothic flavor thrown in. You have the feeling when you look at the pictures that these people are sideshow freaks turned into heroes. Because of the pictures I have to strongly recommend getting the paper copy – it’s totally worth it.

My only beef with this book was some lack of character development. While Jacob is a believable teenage boy with his own sensitivities, hangups and boyish confidence, the other characters in the book were not fleshed out too much. The ending of the book seemed ripe for a sequel so I’m hoping that we will get more info in subsequent books. That being said, this is a fun YA book especially if you like fantasy. I give it four stars.

Three Appeals: Unique appearance/photos, thrilling, fantasy aspects

Red Flags : Some violence, some language – very mild

On to the next book – Soulless by Gail Carriger. Can you say OB-sessed? Because that is what I am !!!! Some of you may remember me recommending this book in my Clockwork Angel post as an adult steampunk book. It is steampunk but it is so much more – it’s a little bit comedy, a little bit mystery, mixed in with paranormal fantasy not to mention delicious Scottish romance. Ok so here is the lowdown…. Alexia Tarabotti has a problem. Some upstart vampire just tried to attack her and then had the bad manners to also die! Now Lord Maccon, the Queen Victoria’s head paranormal investigator, and also hot Scottish werewolf, has been sent to investigate the death. What makes this death seem so peculiar is that Alexia is soulless, she has the ability to nullify any paranormal powers that either vampires or werewolves possess, so she is typically avoided like the plague by both of the paranormal sects. When more strange vampire deaths happen and Alexia’s files are stolen from Lord Maccon’s office, the pair must find out what is going on in London. If they can keep from killing each other.

OMG – have I mentioned that I really loved this book! Is it the next great literary novel? No. But it is a lot of fun and you can read it in about two days (if you shun all human contact and hunker down in a chair like I did). I give this book four and a half stars. The story was fun and not predictable. The romantic elements were everything you wanted them to be – sassy and a little bit dangerous but still within the bounds of proper English society. The paranormal alternative world that Carriger has created is really different – vampires and werewolves are out in society and even accepted by the English Victorian royals. (Americans get the short end of the stick – we are the bigoted zealots across the pond hunting down our fanged and furry brethren). This book also has this great tone of humor throughout – mostly at the little civilized rules of the English society in the face of these paranormal creatures. The last thing I’m going to mention is that this is the first book in the series “The Parasol Protectorate” – I mean seriously how delightful is that??

Three Appeals : paranormal romance, steampunk, mystery

Red Flags: gory, sexual situations, some language (pretty mild)

So go right now and put a hold on these books at the library … go ahead I’ll wait! ………

As always, please leave me a comment when you read these books and let me know what you think.

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